For the year 2012 and the following years, Nanga Vhutshilo plans to implement the following projects if new funding sources are available:
- Computer training: Offer training to the youth and adult community on basic MS packages, how to set up an e-mail, Web searching, job searching, how to compile a professional CV, research for school, university projects etc.
- Bakery: establish a small bakery to be run by community parents as a source of income and employment (also skills development for future employment). Funding for this installation and training is expected to come from the US Embassy.
- Mother “figures”: Nanga Vhutshilo has initiated a pilot project of connecting child headed households with a mother figure in the community who looks after the children and is
supported by NV.
- Community IGA’s: baking, food gardening and sewing projects. NV is currently resourcing partners to assist in the implementation of these projects.
- Street Committee management system (SC) – The pilot & introduction was scheduled in 2010, but has not
yet been implemented. The street committee system has been implemented in the past by “Community Action” with great success. The intervention consists essentially of appointing a “safe house” per street with a champion, who will mobilize the street to meet regularly and discuss issues and needs and assess which families, and children are most in need of assistance/support and what exactly is required. The committee will deal with issues such as drug abuse, teenage pregnancy, poverty, malnutrition, abuse etc. This information will be fed back to NV on a regular basis so that appropriate solutions can be designed. The SC also provides a forum for community action and responsibility in ensuring children are safe, cared for and that their rights are understood and respected.
- Staff development: It is Nanga Vhutshilo’s staff who implements the entire support programmes for beneficiaries. However, their pay is very little for the amount of
responsibility they deal with. In order to motivate and encourage staff members, training and development opportunities should be offered, including hard and
soft skills upgrading and team building and motivational activities. Nanga Vhutshilo believes that by empowering and motivating the staff the results for the beneficiaries will be more impactful.
- Evaluation of current ME&R: Nanga Vhutshilo needs a formalized system to monitor and evaluate the qualitative and quantitative results and impact of its programmes and services on the beneficiaries and the community as a whole.
- Micro-enterprise/lending: Nanga Vhutshilo wants to encourage small local entrepreneurs by providing them with micro credits that will help them start their businesses.
- Youth development: Nanga Vhutshilo seeks to expand the programmes for the youth, by providing them with skills development and leadership programmes.